July 16, 2024

Facebook Beware

In its public-facing quarterly financial reports, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, labels all countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East as the “Rest of World.” Although one-third of Facebook’s daily active users, 638 million people, live in the “Rest of World,” they do not receive even close to their share of Facebook’s budget for combatting misinformation. Indeed, Facebook allocates 87 percent of its misinformation budget to the United States and Canada alone. For a long time, Meta has not been called out on its neocolonial hubris. But no longer – the “Rest of World” is fighting back. And, in the courts, that fight is starting with a constitutional petition in Kenya. Read more.

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